Man admits exposing self to females; others plead guilty
A Carbon County man admitted on Tuesday in the county court to exposing himself to female girls on two occasions in two separate communities. He was one of 13 defendants to enter guilty pleas before Judge Steven R. Serfass.
Ryan B. Sharpe, 29, of Lansford, entered guilty pleas in two pending cases in which he was charged for exposing himself in Lansford and another case stemming from a similar incident in Jim Thorpe.
Lansford police charged that he exposed his genitals to teenage females on at least three occasions during the time frame of Jan. 1 to March 19, 2010.
Police received complaints of a man in a red colored vehicle exposing himself to young girls.
The incidents were reported to have occurred on Jan. 11, March 9, and March 13, the last near the Panther Valley High School. In each case teenage girls were the victims.
Jim Thorpe police charged Sharpe with an incident on Feb. 11 along SR209 in the area of the inner borough bridge where two females were walking when Sharpe pulled up in his vehicle and exposed himself.
During Jim Thorpe police investigation they were informed by Lansford police of the incidents in their borough and that Lansford police had interviewed Sharpe concerning similar incidents in their borough.
Sharpe told Serfass, "I deeply regret the decisions I made."
Sharpe pleaded to four counts of indecent exposure. He previously applied for admittance into the county's Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition (ARD) probation program for first time offenders. The request was denied by Serfass who sent the case back to the pretrial stage. A new plea agreement was reached resulting in his pleads yesterday.
Serfass placed him on probation for a total of four years and ordered he have no contact with any of the victims involved, continue current mental health counseling sessions, and render a total of 200 hours of community service.
Summit Hill incident
Michael Lloyd ludicello, 32, of Summit Hill, entered pleas to two counts of terroristic threats and one of receiving stolen property for an incident that occurred on March 16 in Summit Hill involving a handgun.
Police charged ludicello for an incident at the Batters' Box tavern along E. Lehigh St. Police responded to the area shortly after 2 a.m. to a report of a man that was removed from the bar and causing a disturbance and threatening people with a gun.
En route to the area police observed ludicello and confronted him. Found on him was a loaded handgun with a shell in the chamber and the hammer cocked but the safety on. A check revealed the gun had been previously reported stolen in Bucks County.
Serfass accepted the pleas but deferred sentencing and ordered the adult probation office to prepare a presentence investigation (PSI) report. ludicello faces a jail term at the time of sentencing, according to the plea agreement.
Other defendants who entered pleas before Serfass included:
Ryan E. Wurst, 25, of Jim Thorpe, pleaded to one count each of fleeing and eluding police and driving under suspension-DUI related.
He was arrested on June 20 by state police at Fern Ridge in Penn Forest Township. A driving under the influence (DUI) count was dropped in a plea bargain.
On the suspension count Serfass sentenced Wurst to serve 90 days in jail and pay a fine of $500. He will also lose his license for a year.
On the fleeing charge he was placed on probation for 24 months, consecutive to the suspension charge. He must also render 100 hours of community service when released on bail. He was made work release eligible if he qualifies.
It was noted he has a pending DUI charge in another county.
Donald Roy Long Jr., 36, of Lehighton, pleaded to one count each of fleeing and eluding police and driving under suspension-DUI related. He was arrested on Sept. 13 along East Alley by Lehighton police. He refused a blood test.
On the suspension count Serfass sentenced him to serve 90 days in jail and pay a fine of $1,000. He will also have another year license suspension. He was given credit for 62 days spent in jail to date on the charge.
On the fleeing count he was placed on probation for 24 months, consecutive to the suspension charge. He was also ordered to get a drug and alcohol (D&A) evaluation and follow any recommendation for treatment, and render 100 hours of community service when released on parole.
On a summary motor vehicle code violation-depositing garbage on a road, he was fined $300 and costs.
Luis Ernesto Colon, 23, of Lansford, pleaded guilty to one count each of persistent disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. He was arrested on Sept. 28 by Mahoning Township police for an incident in the area of 300 Mauch Chunk St.
On the resisting count Serfass sentenced Colon to serve two to 12 months in prison with eight days credit. On the conduct charge he was placed on probation for a year, consecutive to the first count.
He was also ordered to render 100 hours of community service when released on parole.
Angel Enrkue Nieves, 24, of Weissport, pleaded to one count each of possession of drug paraphernalia and false identification to law enforcement. He was arrested on Oct. 2 by state police at Lehighton for an incident in the 300 block of White St., Weissport.
Serfass placed him on probation for a year on each count, consecutive to each other, and ordered he get a D&A evaluation, and render a total of 100 hours of community service.
Shawn Patrick Rudis, 49, of Drums, Luzerne County, pleaded to one count of DUI. He was arrested on July 14 along SR903 in Penn Forest Township, by state police at Lehighton. Given a test, the result was .07. The test also showed the presence of a controlled substance, which Rudis claimed he had a prescription for.
He was placed on probation for six months and ordered to get a D&A evaluation, pay a fine of $300, and render 25 hours of community service.
Kyle Richard Vernon, 32, of Kunkletown, pleaded to one of persistent disorderly conduct. He was arrested on Aug. 25 by state police at Pocono for an incident at the Hickory Run Service Plaza where he was involved in an incident with Richard Pagett the victim. Pagett is an employee of the plaza and Vernon was also employed there at the time. A terroristic threats count was dropped.
Serfass placed him on probation for a year and ordered he get a mental health evaluation and follow any recommendation for treatment, have no contact with the victim, and render 50 hours of community service.
Jason Steven Gola, 40, of Allentown, pleaded to one count of disorderly conduct, as a summary offense. He was arrested on May 4 by Palmerton police for an incident at Delaware Avenue and Third St. involving his operation of a motorcycle.
He was fined $300 and costs.
Paul Matthew Tyahla, 26, of Palmerton, pleaded to one count of firearm ownership. He was arrested by state police at Lehighton for an incident on Oct. 1, 2010. Several firearms were removed from the home of Bernard Tyahla, the defendant's father. One, a handgun, was sold for money and drugs, the court was told.
Serfass deferred sentencing so Tyahla could apply for placement in the Intermediate Punishment Program (IPP).
It was noted Tyahla was previously placed in the ARD program but was revoked from it.
Jason Behler, 44, of Lehighton, pleaded to one count each of DUI and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was arrested on Aug. 17 by Mahoning Township police along Blakeslee Blvd. Drive. Given a test, the result was .09BAC. At the stop drug paraphernalia was found.
On the DUI count he was placed on probation for six months and ordered to pay a fine of $300, get a D&A evaluation, and render 25 hours of community service.
On the possession count he was placed on probation for a year, concurrent with the DUI charge, and render another 25 hours of community service for a total of 50 hours.
Nikki M. Rehrig, 31, of Lehighton, pleaded to one count of retail theft. She was arrested by Mahoning Township police for an incident on May 2 at the Hallmark Store in which she took a necklace valued at $18.01.
Serfass deferred sentencing to a later date.
Robert William Buskirk, 29, of Pen Argyl, pleaded to one count of possession of a small amount of marijuana. He was arrested on May 25 by state police at Fern Ridge following an incident in the area of 53 Red Ridge Trail in Penn Forest Township.
He was fined $500 and costs.
Each defendant sentenced must also pay court costs, which average close to $1,000, and a $50 per month supervision fee while on probation or parole.